Director’s Message

Haitai gusuyoo!

I have the honor and privilege of serving as the Interim Director of the Center for Okinawan Studies as of August 1, 2017.

This fall we started off our COS public lecture series with Prof. Mamoru Akamine’s lecture, “The Role of the Digitization Project in the Production of The Ryukyu KingdomCornerstone of East Asia,” on August 30 (co-sponsored with the UHM History Department) and with Prof. Masayuki Dana’s lecture, “Kafu (Genealogy) in Okinawa:  An Overview and Examination of the Uchima Family Documents,” on August 31 (co-sponsored with the UHM Hamilton Library).  COS had a table in the Cultural Tent at the annual Okinawan Festival over the Labor Day weekend, and we meet hundreds of people who were eager to study about Okinawa.  This experience was truly inspiring for us.  Then, we celebrated the accomplishments of Dr. Joyce Chinen, retired COS Director, who delivered a presentation, “Reflections on Okinawan Studies,” on September 8.  Please stay tuned for more public lectures!

Next year the Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary.  This will give us an opportunity to thank our many friends, reflect upon the Center’s milestones, and to plan for the future.  When we first began to discuss the possibility of establishing a Center for Okinawan Studies in the School of Pacific and Asian Studies at UHM, we pointed to the University’s impressive resources in terms of faculty expertise and world-class library resources, and UHM students’ deep  interest.  UHM’s strengths were bolstered by Hawaii’s robust and committed Okinawan community.  The Center would not have been created without the support of Bob Nakasone and Ed Kuba who early on became our champions, without the support of Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Network (WUB), without the support of Hawaii United Okinawan Association (HUOA), and the thousands of people who visit Okinawan Festival at Kapiolani Park annually.

Please feel free to contact me directly ( if you have suggestions and/or comments.  We welcome and appreciate your input.

Ippee nifee deebiru!


Sincerely yours,

Gay Satsuma
Interim Director

September 15, 2017



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